EXPERTS ADDRESS OPPORTUNITIES TO BOOST CLIMATE
RESILIENCE, CELEBRATE SUCCESSES AND DISCUSS
LESSONS LEARNED AT CLIMATE CHANGE:
RESPONSE AND RESILIENCE LEADERSHIP FORUM

We hosted government and business leaders along with scientific and environmental experts to discuss the impact of climate change on the natural disasters that devastate American communities at the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum at Columbia University in New York City on November 20, 2019.  

Communities throughout the United States suffer from the damaging and sometimes devastating effects of tornadoes, floods, droughts and other natural disasters. Additionally, this is the fourth consecutive year that the Atlantic hurricane season has delivered an above-average number of storms and the fifth consecutive year that a storm has formed before the official start of the season.

Sponsored by RenaissanceRe, the forum was the 14th in a series of award-winning events aimed at developing risk mitigation techniques to safeguard communities and supporting efforts that reduce economic turmoil following disasters. In conjunction with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum featured 30 expert speakers who explored how policymakers and government agencies can better protect communities facing extreme weather events.

“There is no doubt that climate change is making extreme weather events more frequent and more severe. Communities across America and the world are increasingly exposed to climate-related risks including floods, hurricanes and wildfires,” said Stephen Weinstein, group general counsel of RenaissanceRe and chairman of the RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation. “We are pleased so many thought leaders gathered together to tackle these urgent issues and improve our nation’s response to these destructive events. Through collaboration and innovation, we can work together to enhance the physical and financial resilience of households, businesses and governments in even the most high-risk regions.”

Experts gathered for the Climate Change: Response and Resilience Leadership Forum at Columbia University in New York City on November 20, 2019 included, Back row from left to right: David I. Maurstad, FEMA, Dail Rowe, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., Craig Tillman, WeatherPredict Consulting Inc., Stephen Weinstein, RenaissanceRe Risk Sciences Foundation, RJ Lehmann, R Street, Arlene Fiore, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Daniel Dietch, Mayor, Town of Surfside, Adam Sobel, Columbia University, Robert Field, Columbia University, Sean Solomon, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Front row from left to right: Peter Sousounis, AIR, Michael Cohen, RenaissanceRe, Jessie Ritter, National Wildlife Federation, Chia-Ying Lee, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Beth Dwyer, Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, Roy Wright, Insurance Institute for Business & Homes Safety, John Huff, Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurers

ARTICLES

"Federal aid is reaching storm-damaged communities too late", by Sylvester Turner and Marion McFadden, Opinion Contributors,The Hill – October 3, 2019
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"Investors Betting Against U.S. Mortgage Market Are Banking on Mispriced Flood Risk", by Kate Duguid, Insurance Journal – October 3, 2019
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"Banks increasingly unload flooded-out mortgages at taxpayer expense", by Rachel Koning Beals, Market Watch – October 2, 2019
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"Post-Katrina flood zone changes leave New Orleans in "terrible situation"", by Bethan Moorcraft, Insurance Business America – October 2, 2019
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"U.S. taxpayers are at risk for homes threatened by climate change", by Irina Ivanova, Rachel Layne, CBS News – October 2, 2019
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"Climate change means the government faces more costs from natural disasters. If only it admitted it.", by Malka Older, NBC News – October 1, 2019
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"Moisture from a former tropical storm presents flood threat from New Mexico to Michigan", by Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post – October 1, 2019
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"Hurricane Lorenzo Has Broken Records in the Atlantic", by Jacey Fortin, New York Times – September 30, 2019
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"Billion-dollar storms could lead to the next housing crash, experts warn - and big banks have adopted the same worrisome strategy as last time", by Aria Bendix, Business Insider- September 29, 2019
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"U.S. Private Flood Insurance: The Journey to Build a New Market", by Nancy Watkins and David D. Evans, Insurance Journal – September 27, 2018
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"Mortgage Lenders Are Shifting Climate Risks Onto Taxpayers, Study Finds", by Christopher Flavelle, New York Times - September 27, 2018
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"The Storm of the Century Could Soon Happen Every Year", by Linda Poon, City Lab – September 26, 2019
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"Imelda, Florence, Harvey: Bigger Rains and Bigger Floods", by Joel Scata, NRDC – September 24, 2019
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"How not to build back after disasters", by Katrin Park, Opinion Contributor, The Hill – September 19, 2019
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"We cannot plan for disaster recovery based on unpredictable federal aid", by Jeff Schlegelmilch, Opinion Contributor, The Hill - September 19, 2019
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"Going Under: Post-Flood Buyouts Take Years to Complete", by Anna Weber, NRDC - September 12, 2019
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"Climate change poses major risk to flood insurance program, experts warn", by James Jarvis, The Hill - September 12, 2019
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"Innovative insurance firm competes, partners with government on flood coverage", by Brian Hartz, Business Observer - September 12, 2019
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"We're not equipped to handle the financial reality of today's storms", by Rob Moore, Opinion Contributor, The Hill – September 11, 2019
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"The Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian: Southeast States 'Dodged a Bullet'", by Amy O'Connor, Insurance Journal – September 10, 2019
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"Researchers Predict '100-Year Floods' May Occur Annually Along Atlantic Coastline", by Theresa Pinto, Miami Beach Times – September 9, 2019
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"Can we stop subsidizing beach houses now?", Editorial, Washington Examiner – September 9, 2019
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"Almost 2 Million Homes Are at Risk From Dorian. Most Lack Flood Insurance.", by Christopher Flavelle, New York Times – September 6, 2019
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"Schumer Seeks Changes To National Flood Insurance Program", by Dave Lucas, WAMC – September 6, 2019
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